1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Heywood

John Payne Collier, in Poetical Decameron (1820) 1:322.



He appears to have been very well read in the Latin Classics, and in a great many Latin writers besides, and freely made use of them, though not in the way of plagiarism. He published some curious and very entertaining volumes. One of the most amusing, and at the same time a performance of much research and learning, is his Nine Bookes of various History concerning Women, 1624, which is filled with very laughable tales, and among them that of the two Friars, which Mr. Colman has versified but not improved.